If you are a “do it yourself” type person and love to watch HGTV shows to learn more about home improvement and DIY projects, then you are most likely a fan of Bryan Baeumler. Bryan is a DIY expert and stars on the hit television shows, Disaster DIY, House Of Bryan, Canada’s Handyman Challenge, and Leave It To Bryan. This natural born builder, teacher, and Gemini award winning host has been a huge inspiration to viewers in Canada and the United States. Teaching and motivating do it yourselfers from all over the world, this man is absolutely amazing to watch and I highly recommend that you check out his work! It was such a pleasure connecting with Bryan and having the opportunity to conduct this interview. Thank you Bryan!
Bryan has taken his knowledge and passion for home improvement and created the ‘Baeumler Brand’ which includes Baeumler Construction, Baeumler Approved, Baeumler Productions, Baeumler Media, and the newly launched Baeumler Family Foundation for Kids.
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Lots of young kids build tree houses and forts. Do you remember your very first DIY project during your childhood?
Of course, but there were quite a few…but the most memorable was I had an assignment in grade 5 to make something useful. At the time I was pretty involved in our school’s music program, and I can up with an idea for a music stand that would turn up to 4 pages for you. I designed it with a few metal parts and rubber bands that my Dad helped weld up for me – it worked so well that the teacher had a hard time believing that I had come up with it!
Have you always wanted to have your own TV show? If not, what changed your mind?
Not at all. To be honest, I’ve never been comfortable being the centre of attention or standing in front of a crowd, and the first year of filming was one giant anxiety attack! I wanted to build my business, so I offered our services to a production company that was casting for homeowners in need of some help. It turned out they were looking for someone to host the show, and I guess the interview went well! That was 8 years and over 250 episodes of various shows ago!
Where do you get your inspiration for DIY projects and home improvements?
All around me. My brain never stops, and I’m constantly absorbing whats around me, and reengineering things in my head. Most of the time I look at space, and I just ‘see’ the finished product in my head – it drives architects and designers crazy, because I dig my feet in to make my vision of the final product a reality. I’m also a serial entrepreneur…
Which tool do you rely on the most?
Definitely my tape measure – it’s immeasurably useful!
What would your perfect workbench consist of?
I’m renovating my barn at the moment to include the perfect home shop. It will have work benches on 3 walls with dust extraction, compressed air, power and lighting built into the benches. I’ve also put in a wood stove, stereo, television and a couch…it’ll be the perfect doghouse.
What advice can you give to “Do It Yourselfers” who are on a tight budget?
No matter how small your budget is, don’t cut corners – you’ll pay for it in the long run. If you can’t afford to do it properly, don’t do it.
If you could take a month off with your family and travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
I love the water…and I’ve always wanted to get on a big boat and explore the BC coast all the way up to Alaska, and possibly even the NorthWest passage. There’s so much history and incredible scenery to take in. That being said, we spend time in the Florida Keys in the Spring, and at the cottage on Georgian Bay in the Summer – Sarah and the kids love warm weather, so I’m not sure an Arctic trip by boat would fly!
Could you share your most favorite TV show experience and your least? Most laughable moment?
My favourite experience was helping a single Dad of 5 children rebuild his home – it was almost Winter and they had massive structural issues, no heat, no hot water, and little hope. The community came together to help u rebuild their entire home from the inside out. His 7 year old daughter asked me if she could take me to school for show and tell – of course I went, and it was awesome! My least favourite was having to rip up an entire floor that we had just finished tiling – the homeowner was pretty adamant that they didn’t like the tiles… My most laughable moment was finding a ziploc bag with a couple of US $100 bills, a GIANT bra and some wet wipes in the back of a reclaimed cabinet that we ripped out of a basement – it was an old piece of furniture reclaimed from a hotel auction – the homeowner had no idea what was hiding behind the drawers.
Which question are you asked most, when approached in public?
“When are you coming to my house!?” By far…
What is one of your guilty pleasures?
A double scoop of Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice cream from Kawartha Dairies. I pretty much live on those in the Summer at the cottage.
Any inside scoop as to what you’re up to next?
We have a few new ideas in the works…but right now we’re finishing up another season of Leave it to Bryan, and we’re about halfway through season 3 of House of Bryan:In the Sticks – it’s going to be the best HOB so far!